Today we celebrate Johnny’s Birthday. Johnny was The King of Late Night, and simply put our mission here at JohnnyCarson.com is to honor the legacy of Johnny Carson. So today on what would have been his 92nd birthday we’re so pleased to begin to announce some great new Johnny Carson material that is coming soon for fans old and new! We were hoping to let you in on all the details today however, we are still waiting on some confirmation about a few dates and things. We will begin this set up with some nice tidbits today and there will be More To Come. As you all may have heard Seeso NBCUniversal’s streaming comedy channel is soon-to-be defunct. Originally “There’s… Johnny!” the coming of age series set behind-the-scenes of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson circa 1972 that was produced by Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon was set to debut on August 24, 2017 on Seeso. But with the shakeup over there, the decision was made to shelve “Theres.. Johnny!” shortly before the debut. Well great news, “There’s… Johnny!” has found a new home and will be coming to you very soon. The announcement was made on October 13th (if you’re dying to know all the details, there’s google, and you’ll love what you find there;). We're so excited that "There's... Johnny!" has found a home and that we will all be able to go back in time to The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson circa 1972. In relation to 1972, we love that time period in the shows history. Johnny really became an American Icon during the 1970’s and has remained so to this day. 1972, is most definitely one of the peak years for Johnny and The Tonight Show. The show moved to Burbank, California that year and Johnny had hit his stride. "There's... Johnny!" captures that with the set, feel and the vibe of that time. That being said, it’s a great time to be a Carson fan. Not only do we have all episodes of “There’s… Johnny!” coming out very soon, but Carson Entertainment has a wonderful companion DVD set that will be released at the same time. I told you we had great news! That’s right you heard it here first, the 2017 DVD release from Carson Entertainment is coming out next month along with the new series “There’s… Johnny!” so stay tuned for details as there’s More To Come. Happy Birthday Johnny!
On October 1, 1962, Fifty-Five Years ago tonight, Americans were introduced to 37 year old Johnny Carson, on his Television debut hosting NBC’s Tonight Show. Johnny would become America’s night light and the King of Late Night for close to 30 years. A title that he holds still to this day.
The show was recorded live from Studio 6B in New York airing at 11:15pm and was a whopping 105 minutes long! Groucho Marx was featured for the first 15 minutes of the show performing a monologue and introducing Johnny.
Then at 11:30, after a commercial break. Ed made this famous introduction: “And now.. From New York The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, Johnny’s guest tonight are Joan Crawford, Rudy Vallee, Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks, The Phoenix Singers, Skitch Henderson and the NBC Orchestra and me… I’m Ed McMahon. Right now lets welcome the fella you waited six months to see!”
And as they say, the rest is history.
Glen Campbell, the indelible voice behind 21 Top 40 hits including "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," died Tuesday at the age of 81. During a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold over 45 million records. In 1968, one of his biggest years, he outsold the Beatles. Campbell was a rare breed in the music business, with various careers as a top-level studio guitarist, chart-topping singer and hit television host. His late-career battle with Alzheimer's made him a public face for the disease, a role President Bill Clinton suggested would one day be remembered even more than his music. Johnny, Doc and The Tonight Show Band were big admirers of Glen Campbell’s song catalog and talent. In fact, Johnny did a famous sketch singing “Rhinestone Cowboy” while riding a donkey during that songs peak of popularity (released on the Vault Series Volume 5) and Doc and The Tonight Show Band played a wonderful version of “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” in 1968 during that songs peak (released on the Digital Download Series Volume 1). Glen Campbell was a supreme talent with courage and a good sense of humor. He will be missed.
Credit: Patrick Doyle - RollingStone Article
Today is Carl "Doc" Severinsen's 90th Birthday! The clip above is from Doc's Birthday on July 7th, 1976 when Doc was a wee 49 years old. Doc is still going strong these days and continues to play out on the road, in fact he'll be playing with the Minnesota Orchestra on July 21st and 22nd this month. The show on the 22nd is Doc's 90th Birthday Bash and will include Severinsen selected standards that you all know and love. For more information on that go to the following link. For you fans that can't get out to Minnesota to see Doc, we've got a few remaining Doc CDs for sale or you can pick up all 4 CDs for one low price, check them out here. And as our gift to you, get FREE Shipping this weekend (7/7/17 - 7/9/17) on any purchase of $25 or more (within the continental US) with this Coupon Code: DOCBDAY. We want to wish Doc the happiest of days today, Happy Birthday Doc!